The report sets out the trends in childhood obesity in primary school children in Ireland from 2008 to 2015. Data was collected from over 17,000 examinations. Data collection took place in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015.
Key findings from the report include:
The levels of overweight and obesity in first class children appear to be stabilising.
16.9% of first class children were overweight or obese in 2015.
The prevalence of overweight and obesity is higher in girls compared to boys.
Overweight and obesity levels are stabilising as children grow older.
Disadvantaged schools had a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity compared to non-disadvantaged schools.
The gap in overweight and obesity between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged schools widens as children grow older.